This month, the topic of immigration reform remains a popular one as lawmakers continue to create and present bills and ideas to limit immigration into the United States. Continue reading to learn more about some of the top news stories around the country that focus on immigration.
- GOP lawmakers are currently working on a new immigration law bill that is designed to punish sanctuary cities (cities that are offering a safe space for those facing deportation), increase prison sentences for returning deportees, and enforce deportation hearings. However, many anti-immigration groups believe that the new bill is too lax.
- The Trump administration’s deadline for extending protected status (temporarily) for Haitians is May 23. This protected status was first enacted in 2010 by the Obama administration after earthquakes devastated the country back. Should the protection not be extended, thousands of Haitians could be sent back.
- Around the country, many farmers are in fear of a potential labor shortage should immigration laws be passed and enforced. One Pennsylvania town with a large percentage of immigrants from Mexico say that they immigration scare has changed the town’s dynamics completely.
- The second-largest school system in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School Board, has committed to protecting undocumented students and their families, reports the Washington Post. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials will not be allowed on school campuses unless advance agreement takes place.
- A featured story in The New Yorker recently highlighted the struggle of undocumented students when it comes to college applications. In the state of Georgia, many such students graduate high school but are not permitted into the state’s top public schools, limiting their higher education options.
Check back soon for your next Immigration News Roundup from Lorenzo & Lorenzo. If you or someone you love is facing deportation or is interested in living in the United States legally, the Tampa immigration attorneys at Lorenzo & Lorenzo can help. Contact us today to see how.